The ballpark figure of the expected global warming has not changed since the 1970s. And still, mankind spends enormous amounts to improve climate models in order to reduce the uncertainty about our future. Humankind is like a rabbit caught in the headlights when it comes to dealing with uncertain information. But the future is and will remain uncertain. How we are capable of acting nonetheless is the topic of this talk.
Rafaela Hillerbrand is full professor for philosophy of science, engineering and technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She holds a PhD in (theoretical) physics as well as in philosophy. Before joining KIT, Rafaela worked as an associate professor at TU Delft and was head of the interdisciplinary research group eet-ethics for energy technology at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University. In 2011, she had the chance to advise the ethics commission for safe energy supply under Klaus Töpfer’s guidance that was set up in reaction to the accidents in Fukushima. From 2006 until 2008 Rafaela held a position as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.
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